BY IAN MITCHELL As a responsible democrat I thought, when this election was called, that I would write to the candidates to ask them a few questions before deciding how to vote. We had no hustings this time, even in Campbeltown, and our MSP has not visited the town for ages. So election time seems to be the only opportunity to enter into dialogue with … Continue reading Hustings by Email in Scotland
BY EFFIE DEANS Britain has left the EU with a deal. We will continue to trade freely with the EU. There will be no tariffs or quotas. But we will not have to follow EU laws or regulations. We will not be part of the Single Market and we will not be part of the Customs Union. We will be able to trade freely with … Continue reading Rejoining the EU Now Impossible
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Dear Lib Dems, I feel I must complain about your new mockumentary, ‘#LibDemIftar’, which I have decided to Tell Mama about. Do you not know that jokes this time of year are as haram as the plates of etiolated pork your councillors garnished their #LibDemIftar tweets with? A pre-dawn meal today Preparing for my first ever fast in the holy month of … Continue reading Finest Moment of Idiocy
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE COVID-19 has revealed the tragic futility of contemporary politics. Spirited efforts by sections of the Left to undermine each and every government response to the virus wearies even those who would ordinarily take an interest in Westminster proceedings. How is Parliament to be taken seriously if £330 billion of spending is to be criticised by the opposition as ‘not going far enough’? … Continue reading Hush, Cretins
BY JOHN ISMAEL Whatever happened to the Liberal Democrats? That bastion of a political party that brought us Jeremy Thorpe, Cyril Smith, Mark Oaten and Lord Rennard? Just a few years ago Nick Clegg and his party comprised a significant part of the cabinet. They were part of the political furniture. Remember names like David Laws, Simon Hughes, Ed Davey and Danny Alexander? Regulars on … Continue reading Do the Lib Dems Still Exist?
BY JAMIE FOSTER Sir Vince Cable has met with a former aide of Tony Blair in what appears to be an attempt to form a new party to stop Brexit. Sir Vince missed a crucial Brexit vote to have dinner with Phil Collins, a close ally of Tony Blair (former Blair speech writer and aide Phil Collins – not the Genesis singer). Phil Collins is … Continue reading Unconvincing
BY JOHN ISMAEL It never fails to amaze me just how amateur British Politics can be. On the one hand the Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron is saying that this General Election is their great opportunity to become the party of opposition while Labour is going in a Corbyn-induced tailspin. On the other hand, you see the likes of this: Clegg was Deputy Prime Minister … Continue reading The Yellow Party
CSM POLLS The Liberal Democrats are an enigma. They surprised the nation by producing some competent ministers for the coalition government of 2010-2015. The likes of Danny Alexander and David Laws stepped up to the plate and Norman Lamb showed impressive grasp and empathy. Now, under Tim Farron, they have turned into the go-to Brexit protest party and – with 109 Peers in the House … Continue reading Lib Dems: Permanent Bridesmaids?
BY JAMIE FOSTER I do not recommend fevers. They tend to blind one to the beauty of health. I furthermore do not recommend believing that anything will cause a fever to pass before the appointed hour. There are certainly substances known to man that may delay the inevitable but those who believe with certainty that it is a matter of human preference are, in my … Continue reading Richmond Remembered